Heat Daily Links: Thursday

Whiteside's maturity questions again front and center for Heat: The approach by the Miami Heat on Tuesday night was that some things are better left unsaid. So the team asked Hassan Whiteside to leave AmericanAirlines Arena after his ejection against the San Antonio Spurs without commenting, even though the emotional center was willing to address the media. -- South Florida Sun-Sentinel

Pat Riley on Heat personnel approach: 'I want to win now': Miami Heat President Pat Riley not only explained during a Tuesday TNT interview the franchise's decision to retire the No. 32 of former Heat center Shaquille O'Neal, but also offered insight into a personnel approach that could have the Heat seizing the moment at the Feb. 18 NBA trading deadline. -- South Florida Sun-Sentinel

Pat Riley’s quest for fourth title with Miami Heat could hinge on one decision: Pat Riley, basketball lifer, turns 71 in a month. It is a time when a man begins to put his career affairs in order and plan for retirement, even if he doesn’t quite realize it. -- The Miami Herald

Maturity questions return after latest ejection of Miami Heat center Hassan Whiteside: Miami Heat center Hassan Whiteside seemingly had moved past the questions about his temper and temperament, questions about whether he has the impulse control to restrain himself from doing something damaging when an opponent gets under his skin. Then Tuesday night happened. -- The Miami Herald

Bosh: Shooting for 3rd place in East has to be one of Heat's goals after All-Star break: Chris Bosh isn't one of those guys who likes to dish out B.S. He's a straight shooter. So when he was asked after Tuesday night's humbling 119-101 spanking at the hands of the Spurs where the Heat stand in the NBA heirarchy, Bosh pretty much laid it out there for what it truly is. As much as the Heat wants to believe it can be a contender, Miami just really isn't right now. -- The Miami Herald

Where does Whiteside stand in Heat locker room?: This question has come up repeatedly since Hassan Whiteside emerged with the Heat last season: How does his immaturity go over in a veteran locker room? It surfaced again Tuesday after Whiteside was kicked out of Miami’s loss to the Spurs for swinging his elbow into Boban Marjanovic’s face. It was his first ejection of the season, though he was tossed twice last year. -- The Palm Beach Post